Campus Partners

A diverse network of colleges and universities across the country are supporting and inspiring limited-income, first-generation students throughout their undergraduate journey.

Building Connections and Capacity for Student Success

Too often, colleges and universities work in silos, developing student programs and services within their own institutional boundaries. These silos can prevent institutions from working together, learning from one another, and creating innovative, evidence-based practices to support student success. The Kessler Scholars Collaborative seeks a different way forward.

We know that when individuals and organizations commit to sharing resources and expertise to achieve a common goal, amazing things can happen. Our partner institutions are building a network of first-generation student programs and creating a system of support that is bigger and more powerful than what a single college or university can provide on its own.

Program Model

At each partner campus, Kessler Scholars are supported by a cohort of fellow first-generation students as well as by professional staff who provide individualized, comprehensive academic, personal, and social support. Campus-based Kessler Scholars teams are embedded in a broader national network and supported by the Kessler Scholars Collaborative.

Our program is not one-size-fits-all. Each Kessler Scholars Program is tailored to meet the unique needs of first-generation students on our partner campuses.

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Bates
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Bates College, a nationally recognized, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Lewiston, Maine, has an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,900 students. Bates will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.

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Brown
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Brown University is a leading research institution, located in Providence, Rhode Island. At Brown, plans are underway to launch a new Kessler Scholars Program, with its first class of Kessler Scholars enrolling in Fall 2023. 

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Centre College
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Centre College is a nationally recognized liberal arts college located in Danville, Kentucky. Centre will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023. 

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Cornell University
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Cornell University  – The Kessler Presidential Scholars Program at Cornell University provides four years of support to exceptional Cornell students—who are among the first in their family to attend college—helping them achieve their dreams through academic, financial, and social support.

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John Hopkins University
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Johns Hopkins University – The Kessler Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University is dedicated to an intensive enrichment experience via academic and professional resources for high-achieving, service-minded students who are among the first in their family to attend college.
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Ohio State University
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The Ohio State University is a large, public research university in Columbus, Ohio. Plans are underway to establish a new Kessler Scholars Program at Ohio State, with the first class of Kessler Scholars enrolling in Fall 2023.

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Queens College CUNY
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Queens College – The Kessler Presidential Scholarship Program is a new visionary honors program that provides four years of academic, financial, and social support to exceptional students who are among the first in their family to attend college, helping them achieve their dreams.

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St. Francis College
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St. Francis College (McGuire Scholars) – The Robert J. McGuire Scholarship was established in 2015 in support of St. Francis College’s mission to make possible the gift of education and opportunity for our future leaders. 

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saint mary's college
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Saint Mary’s College is a nationally recognized liberal arts college located in Notre Dame, Indiana, and the first women’s college to join the Collaborative. Saint Mary’s will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.

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Syracuse University
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Syracuse University – Syracuse University is proud to join the consortium of colleges and universities who are transforming the first-generation student experience with the Irene and Morris B. Kessler Presidential Scholars Program.

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UC Riverside
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University of California-Riverside, located in Riverside, California, is a public, land-grant research university located in Riverside, California. It is one of the ten campuses of the University of California system, and enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate students. UC-Riverside will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.

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University of Dayton is a private, Catholic university in Dayton, Ohio with an undergraduate enrollment of approximately 8,000 students. The University of Dayton will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.

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University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is the nation’s first public university, located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Enrolling more than 18,000 students, UNC will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.

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University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. A public research university located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Pitt will welcome its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023. 

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University of Michigan
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University of Michigan

    Kessler Scholars staff members are experts in student growth and academic success. We are here for you, from the moment you decide to enroll at Michigan until the day you graduate, and beyond.

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    Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located in St. Louis, Missouri. Enrolling nearly 7,000 undergraduate students, Washington University will launch a new Kessler Scholars Program, enrolling its first class of Kessler Scholars in Fall 2023.